Bathroom Flooring - Hygienic and Clean
Guide4Home Top Two Choices for Bathroom Flooring
Bathroom flooring can take any form but there are considerations that need to be taken into account to avoid frustration and wastage of money. The first thing we should think of when we think "bathroom floor" is wet! So any flooring will have to be able to cope with very damp and wet conditions at least twice a day.
Bathroom floors can even be made of hardwood, provided that they are coated with a water-proof finish. Many people will opt for this type of flooring in this part of the house because it provides warmth and has the effect of creating a soft relaxing atmosphere. Do not worry that you might not be able to find a wood that will match your chosen bathroom color scheme, because the wood can be stained or painted to fit your specifications.
Our Top Two Choices for Bathroom Floors
Professionals recommend vinyl and tiles when considering bathroom flooring:
Vinyl: Many people find this type of flooring so versatile with its many colors, designs and textures. It is also a relatively inexpensive option (cheaper than marble!) A common misconception is that vinyl in the bathroom will be cold on bare feet. This may have been true a generation ago but today vinyl is available with opulent insulation and cushioning attributes that make it just as warm as its hardwood. Most importantly though this type of flooring is water-proof all over and very durable, provided it has been installed correctly.
Tiles: One of the biggest selling points about tiles is that they give the bathroom a hygienic feel while at the same time keeping all water out. A tiled bathroom floor will also be very hard-wearing, but there is always the problem of over tiling. Remember less is more in most cases - often doing both the floors and the walls will result in one over-glossed eyesore! If you do want tiled walls and floors try and at least make the two different in color and arrange them in dissimilar and interesting patterns.
A tiled bathroom floor can be cold to the touch, especially in the morning, and this is what sometimes puts people off using them. But today there is the option to have heating installed underneath to alleviate this problem. A heating roll can be fitted just below the tiles that are thermostat controlled. These systems are safe and energy efficient and would cost you on average about 13 cents a day with regard to electricity.
Whatever material you decide on for your bathroom floor - consider who will be using it. Those with small children and elderly parents need to ensure that there is sufficient grip and traction to minimize the risk of accidents and possible slips that come with wet conditions.